The Terps and Fighting Illini are tied atop the conference, a half-game ahead of Michigan State (8-4), a game ahead of No. 22 Penn State (7-4) and 1½ games ahead of No. 17 Iowa (7-5) and Rutgers (7-5). With another win tonight, Maryland would sweep Illinois, securing an all-important tiebreaker for the conference tournament seeding. But it would be a surprise if either ran the table. After Friday, Maryland will face the preseason favorite Spartans twice in their final eight games, as well as travel to Ohio State, Minnesota and Rutgers. The Illini’s final month includes home games against Michigan State and the Hawkeyes and trips to Rutgers, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State. A top-four finish secures a double bye in next month’s Big Ten tournament.